Research Report Is the Middle of the Job Market Disappearing? A comment on the "Polarization" Hypothesis
Harry Holzer
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This paper reviews recent work by economist David Autor, who argues that job opportunities are expanding in high-wage, high-skill as well as low-wage, low-skill jobs while contracting in the middle of the labor market. Indeed, there has been significant shrinkage in mid-paying production and clerical jobs that mostly require routine tasks. But, in parts of the middle-skill job market where some postsecondary education or training are required for jobs involving non-routine work, labor demand remains fairly strong. Post-secondary education and training short of a bachelor's degree remain important preparation for these kinds of jobs.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Workforce
Tags Higher education Workforce development Income and wealth distribution
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population